Shayama Ananda

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Shayama Ananda
Born (1959-12-24) 24 December 1959 (age 57)
Colombo, Sri Lanka
Nationality Sri Lanka Sri Lankan
Occupation Actress
Years active 1963–1993
Relatives Mandeera Anandhi (daughter)
Ritchi Rasanga (son)

Shayama Ananda (Sinhala:ශාමා ආනන්ද), popularly known as Chandi Shyama is a Sri Lankan actress and award winning star who appeared in several films of Sinhala cinema. She is the elder daughter of the cinematographer director and producer, M. S. Ananda and producer Violet Ananda of Winjaya/M.S.A. films.

She first appeared as a 6-month-old baby in the movie Vena Swargayak Kumatada, a Robin Tampoe production in 1960. In 1969 she won the Lanaka Deepa Deepasika award for best child artists in Sri Lankan Sinhala Cinema’s 25 years history for the portrayal of twin sisters in her father’s first home production Pravesam Venna, an MSA films release.

In 1977-1978 she appeared in dual roles in the movie Chandi Shyama which won the J.R. Jayawardena presidential award for one of the highest collections[clarification needed] by a movie cinema since its beginning in 1948.

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Personal life[edit]

Shayama has always lived in Colombo. She started her education at the Buddhist Ladies' College Colombo and joined St Bridget's Convent, Colombo and finished her higher studies at Visakha Vidyalaya.

She married Saliya Perera, Captain of the Thurstan College Cricket team on 15 December 1980. They have a daughter, Mandeera Anandi Perera (who presently lives in Australia) and a son Ritchie Rasanga who resides in Oakville, Ontario, Canada.

She owns a coffee franchise Timothy's, is a partner of ManRich Logistics Canada and is owner of The Rich Cake Company.


Having entered the silver screen at a very young age, she did 'child' roles in Suwaneetha Lalini, Suhada Divi Piduma, Sithaka Mahima, Satha Panaha, Athulveema Thahanam, Senehasa, Penawa Neda and was known as Baby Shyama.

In 1969 her father launched their first production Pravesam Vanna and cast her in a dual role opposite Tony Ranasinghe, Malini Fonseka and Joe Abeywickrama in her first leading role.

1975 she did the first of the Shayama series in Mage Nangi Shayama with Roy De Siva, H. R. Jothipala and Sumana Amerasinghe.

1978 Chandi Shayama in which she did dual roles with Gamini Fonseka,[3] which was her most commercially successful film to date.

In the same year Gahanu Lamai (the girls) directed by Sumitra Peries had Shayama as Padmini. Karunasena Jayalath, the author of the novel Gehenu Lamai', praised her acting as the same as the character he had imagined while writing the book. Ananda was the O.C.I.C. award recipient for this role.

In the third of the Shayama series Hello Shayama (1982) she was cast as a dutiful daughter who competes with her father, Gamini Fonseka to do justice for her mother.

1994 she appeared with her daughter Mandeera Anandhi and her son Ritchie Rasanga in Mama Baya Ne Shayama.[4]



Year Film Role Notes
Suwaneetha Lalini
1962 Suhada Divi Piduma
1963 Vena Svargayak Kumatada
1964 Sithaka Mahima
1965 Satha Panaha
1966 Athulveema Thahanam
1969 Senehasa
1969 Pravesam Vanna
1970 Penawa Neda
Baby Shyama
1976 Mage Nangi Shyama Shyama Dual roles
1978 Chandi Shyama Shyama Dual roles
1978 Gahanu Lamai Padmini
1982 Hello Shyama Shyama
1994 Mama Baya Ne Shyama


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